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Drawing For Design

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 104 Conc £40 Full £189 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Monday 10:00 - 13:00 5 MAC 29/10/2018 26/11/2018 AA1025

What will the course cover?

This short intensive course aims to teach basic drawing skills and how they can be applied to designing for craft based disciplines. Each three hour session will focus on a different aspect of drawing and design: mark making, composition, colour and pattern, designing from photographs, and introducing a personal approach to design will all be covered on this course.

Who is the course for?

For all people interested in learning about basic drawing and design techniques. It is particularly recommended for those who are undertaking any craft based activity, for example: textiles, stained glass, mosaic, interior design, ceramics and jewellery.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

No prior experience is needed.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Developed your own mark making vocabulary using pencil, charcoal and collage. Know how to compose a design. Use colour and pattern effectively. Adapt photographic images into a design. Introduce a personal approach to design content.

How is the course organised?

Specifically devised drawing exercises will be set each week that will enable you to explore diverse approaches to design and develop drawing skills. The skills and techniques learnt each week will be utilised in the following session. It is important that you attend each week. Week 1: Mark making: developing a personal drawing vocabulary. A focus on loosening up, letting go of your inhibitions and confronting your fear of the blank page. Using pencil, charcoal and eraser you will explore the possibilities derived from mark making and how to use this in your design work. Week 2: Composition: what to put where and why. Through observational drawing and your mark making vocabulary, you will learn how to play with the composition of your drawing and discover the impact of placing objects in relation to one another and in the context of the whole design. Scale, negative space, horizon line and the use of shadows will be covered. Week 3: A personal approach to design. You will be asked to bring in an object that has personal significanc. Through sketching this object and placing it in different contexts you will explore how composition, style of mark making and context can enhance and successfully communicate what you would like to express with your design. Repetition [pattern making] replication of images [photocopying, tracing, carbon paper] and scale will be investigated. Week 4: Collage: Exploring colour and pattern. An introduction to how colour and pattern can be utilised in your design. Choose a drawing from a previous session as a template and construct one or more collaged images that will explore colour and pattern in your work. Collaging techniques will be demonstrated and basic colour theory discussed. Week 5: The use of secondary images in design, working from photographs. In the final session we will revisit and reflect, you will choose one of the concepts or techniques experienced that has resonated with you and apply to your chosen image.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

Relevant artists, craftspeople and designers work will be studied in class each week and this investigation could be continued in the student’s own time. Comprehensive hand-outs will be available for future study and reference. The importance and various uses of sketchbooks outside of class will be addressed during the course.

How will my progress be assessed?

Progress will be assessed both individually and in groups. Most of the work produced on the course will be in a large sketchbook format which will form a record of your progress each week. Individual tutorials to give feedback and discuss how best to continue your drawing and design practice will take place during week 5.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Higher level or other courses within the arts e.g. painting or life drawing classes.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

You will need to bring an A2 size sketchbook, although there will be some available for sale from the tutor. All other materials will be provided.

What support is available?

Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff.